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Erica Leni


Ph.D. candidate in Human Rights and Global Politics at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies. Her doctoral project deals with the empowerment of small farmers concerning the relationship between land rights and agroecology. Specifically, she investigates how, in contexts with major land rights issues and a predominantly agricultural economy, international soft law instruments on land tenure can be employed as an entry point to concurrently secure land rights and promote agroecological paradigms. Her main focus is on the influence of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Land Tenure in the Context of National Food Security in Myanmar.

Erica holds a Law Degree from the University of Trieste and an LL.M. in Human Rights Law from Queen Mary University of London (thesis on 'The Impact of Climate Change on the Right to Food: is Agroecology a Possible Solution for Achieving Food Security?'). She has several study and work experiences, including at the University of Paris X Nanterre, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and New York University Abu Dhabi in London, and, for the Ph.D. project's purposes, she has been Research Intern at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Yangon and Visiting Researcher at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

Her previous research on human rights issues concentrated on international criminal and refugee law. In this regard, Erica was awarded the ACAT Italy Award 'A Dissertation to Stop Torture' for the dissertation 'Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatments between the Universality of the International Treaties and the Islamic Law Tradition' (2014) and she was runner-up at the Queen Mary University of London Postgraduate Essay Competition in Migration Law for the essay 'Trafficked Children as Refugees? Italy at the Centre of a Billionaire Business Trade' (2016).

Her current areas of interest are: small farmers/peasants' rights, land rights, agroecology and law, Myanmar.


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